While most horror movie aficionados adore collecting scary movie action figures, others possess a greater appreciation to engage with the genre. As a horror lover, you’ve likely watched a film that has had you thinking about what you would do differently, and while the concept of creating your own horror experience may have just been a pipe dream, many others feel the same as you and dream of horror projects of their own. Here are four reasons why you should make your own horror movie!
1) Big-name actors and expensive filming locations aren’t needed
One of the wonderful things about the horror industry is its capacity to fill acting roles and filming locations with more diversity than other movie genres. In fact, many prospering actors get their start from successful horror franchises! This is likely because the uniqueness of each plot promotes an unfamiliarity that stirs up added fear within the audience, capturing a rawer experience with an inability to recognize anything other than what’s in front of them. So, since you can rule out the need for big-name actors and expensive filming locations—and instead opt to use friends and resources that you have—the financial advantages are huge, which should encourage you to get creative and take a stab at forging a new fan favorite.
2) The genre suits the low-budget look
While other types of films need money to create a polished product, this isn’t as important when it comes to horror. Some of the most successful films in history have utilized many DIY techniques to create found footage movies that add a gripping authenticity to the spooky experience (ex. The Blair Witch Project). So, if there’s a spooky spot that you’ve always thought would make a great movie backdrop, perhaps you could be the person to bring attention to its hair-raising qualities?
3) Independent, amateur horror films are super popular right now
Independent films have quickly become a hot commodity since streaming services transitioned to the new viewing norm, which means amateur documentary-styled flicks have also risen in popularity, as they work to create illusions that immerse the audience deeper into the film’s plot. Needless to say, whether you’re the type of person who follows trends or you simply possess a creative side, there’s no better time than now to dabble in horror movie making!
4) It’s easy to find an audience
Since there’s a multitude of online groups and publications that cater to all things horror, it’s super easy to find an audience willing to watch your finished flick. In the meantime, you can utilize popular websites like ours to research current horror trends to ensure that you create a film with the potential to become a cult favorite. Spending time reading content within the horror fan community is also a great way to learn more about what your niche audience wants. Who knows? Maybe one day we will be selling scary movie action figures inspired by your independent film?
What type of horror movie would you create if you could? Drop a comment below to compare with other readers.